Those women who die unmarried are said to become servants to the goddess Gefjon. She resides in Frigg's palace.

Gefjon has been described as a fertility goddess; however, she is not one of the Vanir. Some sources say that she was a virgin maiden while other myths denote her as giving birth to four sons by a giant.

Gefjon is a sea goddess. She is said to have turned her four sons into oxen and harnessed them to a monstrous plough. With this plough she gouged out a large piece of land from Sweden (now Lake Mälaren) and dragged it into the sea; this is the part of Denmark now known as Zealand.

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